Background and Experience

Took office December 7, 2004
Re-Elected in 2008, 2012 and 2016

Work Experience

Land use, communications and management consultant
Employment Agency Owner/Manager
Newspaper reporter, columnist, editor-in-chief and publisher
Electronic media news, commentary and talk show host
Lobbyist: Washington D.C., California, six other states, and local governments state and nationwide
CEO of Concerned Citizen groups in S.L.O. and Sonoma counties
College and University level department head and lecturer
Painting contractor in the Midwest prior to 1960

Current Civic and Political Activities

City of El Paso de Robles, City Council member

San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG), Board Member & Past-President

San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority (SLORTA), Board Member & Past-President

National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) Board Member/Transportation Policy Chair/Policies Edit Committee

California Association of Councils of Governments (CALCOG), Board and Executive Committee member

LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency Joint Powers Board (Pacific Surfliner Intercity Passenger Rail Corridor), Board and Past Chairman of the Board

League of California Cities’ Revenue and Taxation Policy Committee, Member & Past Chairman

League of California Cities’ Housing, Community and Economic Development Policy Committee, Member & Past Chairman

City Voting Delegate to the League of California Cities' Annual Conference, as chosen by the City Council

National League of Cities (NLC) city representative, member Transportation and Infrastructure Policy Committee (TIC) and Rail and Highway sub-committees

City Council Liaison to:
North County Transit Policy Committee
Chamber of Commerce

City Council's Elected Representative to:

San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG)

San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority (SLORTA)

National League of Cities (NLC)


Previous Civic and Political Activities

Partisan political party offices: youth group, clubs and Central Committee

Aide to three United States Senators - Author of the United States Senate Farm Bill (adopted in 90 days), first Civel Rights Bill of the 20th Century, Contributing author of Peace Corps creation legislation, amendment(s) to and advocacy for Federal Transportation reauthorization legislation

Registered expert witness on land use issues for the California Assembly

President or C.E.O. of large citizen’s and special interest organizations

General Obligation Bond Co-Chairman for City of San Jose

Member Entryway Beautification Committee for City of Milpitas

Member of the Airport subcommittee of the Planning Policy Committee of Santa Clara County (Expand municipal airport to Norman Mineta International Airport)

Drafted City Ordinance for landscape requirements on new development for City of Golden, Colorado

Past Member of the American Association of University Professors (Marquette University Chapter)  

Past and Charter member of the North County Water Resources Committee                      

Co-author of the Economic Development Strategy For Paso Robles and its 2013 update                                    

Member of City of Paso Robles Standing Committee on Economic Development

Consultant to the City of Paso Robles on legal rights to water behind the Salinas River Dam (Santa Margarita Lake)

Past Member and Chairman of the City of Paso Robles' Redevelopment Agency (before it was closed by the State of California)

Member and three time rotating Chairman of the Presidents/Vice-Presidents Council of Intercity Rail Corridors of California

Acquired amendments and local allocation protections in the MAP-21 and FAST, Transportation Re-Authorization legislation in the past two Congresses. This include the FAST Act being the first multi-year re-authoization in over a decade. (Millions of dollars for local transportation needs)

Testified in writing, in person and/or through the League of California Cities on three Water Plans of the State of California to protect local resources and local control of water.

Was a leader in acquiring local control of intercity passenger rail services from the State of California  as Board Member and Chairman of the Board (2 years) of LOSSAN (the Pacific Surfliner Intercity Passenger Rail Corridor - second largest in the United States)

Charter member, three time President of the Paso Robles Optimist Club and Lt. Governor twice of Optimist International’s Pacific Southwest District

Past Member Paso Robles Men’s Golf Club

Paso Robles Main Street volunteer

Member, or Past Member, of various issues research and advisory committees:

Parks and Recreation needs for the City of San Jose
Municipal Services adequacy for the City of San Luis Obispo
North County Water Needs Committee of the County of San Luis Obispo
Chairman of Proposition 13 Campaign Committee for Sonoma County
Keynote speaker for the California Association of County Assessors (1976)
Lecturer for League of California Cities’ Councilmen’s and Planning Commissioners’ Academy (1970s)
Member of nine member committee for the establishment of the Local Government Relations (LGR) Committee of the California Association of Realtors
Representative for all boards of Realtors in San Luis Obispo County for LGR with local governments (1970s)
Founding member of the Santa Margarita Advisory Council
Member of the San Luis Obispo County Agricultural Advisory Committee (Introduced the Right To Farm law for San Luis Obispo County, amended and adopted)Others as listed above

Member or Past Member of Ad Hoc Committees:

City Sewer Plant Design

City Developer Fees

City Vacant Area Specific Plans

City Downtown Parking Management Action Plan

City Finance and Investments

City Economic Strategy

City ad hoc committee for Union Road Improvements

City ad hoc committee for 12th Street project

City ad hoc committee for Sherwood Road project

City ad hoc committee for Scott Street project

City ad hoc committee for Sherwood Road project

City Future intersection designs

City Highway 46 East alternate routes study

SLOCOG/SLORTA North County Transit Plan

SLOCOG/SLORTA Future Transit Center Site Selection

SLOCOG Negotiations with CALTRANS

LOSSAN By-Laws & JPA Agreement Amendments

LOSSAN Transfer of Authority Negotiations with CALTRANS

Other Committee Member or Past Member Positions:

League of California Cities voting representative of the Channel Counties Division on the Water Task Force
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Committee on Repurposing of the Former Juvenile Justice Facility in Paso Robles
CDCR Committee on site and design factors for Pre-release Rehabilitation Facility


Married: Patty Strong
Family: five adult children; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren


Marquette University
Lincoln University School of Law